Hello World!

My name is Dani Willcutt and I am a Senior CHI Fellow for the 2021-22 academic year. I am also a fourth year doctoral candidate in the History Department. My dissertation research is a history of the food service industry in Lansing, Michigan, during the twentieth...

Introducing: A Digital Domestic Cookbook

I have known since the beginning of the CHI Fellowship that my project would revolve around Malinda Russell, the author of A Domestic Cookbook (1866). The exact shape of the project, however, changed numerous times throughout the year. I was determined to create a...

Digitizing Culinary History

My project will be a digital representation of my larger research project, How to Read a Cookbook: Deciphering the Life of Malinda Russell. Malinda Russell was a nineteenth century culinary entrepreneur whose 1866, A Domestic Cook Book: Containing a Careful Selection...

Thankful for Digitized Sources

Digitized sources make it possible for us to conduct research more easily than ever before. My own research continues to benefit from digital collections such as Michigan State’s own Feeding America project. The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) digital collections of...